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Project 1 Instructions

Project 1 is due April 29th. I encourage you to hand it in early though if it will help you pace yourself for the exams and project 2. Remember that projects 2 and 3 are a continuation of project 1. You will get feedback from Project 1 to help you more successfully complete the other projects. Remember that you are an implementer for Project 1 which means your responsibility is to be sure to implement the minimum requirements. You should add your own creative ideas on top of the minimum requirements specified below. The relationship you have with me on project 1 is typical of the relationship a Web site designer (you) would have with a client (me) as you designed a site to their spec.

Your responsibility is to design Web pages that will track, manage, and integrate environmental data from the Puget Sound area such that three specific audiences are provided information they would want based on their interests. You have the flexibility to determine your own organizational theme that would use data from one of the five areas of interest below. For example, if you chose ocean circulation as your data theme, you could create a Sewage Management organization (and name it something creative) for which you would design and implement Web pages. The data themes have been suggested by me based on data I know is available to us from the PRISM project data stream. You will learn more about the data stream as we prepare for integration with project 2. For now, just use the data types identified with your theme of choice.

You should always be thinking about the end users your Web pages are being created for. Some of your pages will be most relevant to the scientists who are studying the data your organization is managing online. Some of your pages will be relevant to a decision-maker who wants to consider laws and regulations based on the state of the environment and potential anthropogenic (human action) effects of change. Your third audience member is the general public. You should make pages for the general public as you would like to see them yourself.

Environmental Data Themes

Mesoscale Model 5 (MM5)
Distributed Hydrology Soil Vegetation Model (DHSVM)
Princeton Ocean Model (POM)

Weather (Hourly) - Weather data is forecast on the UW campus using a popular weather simulation model called MM5. MM5 provides temperature (degrees Kelvin), humidity (relative %), precipitation (millimeters), wind direction and intensity (vector meters/second), shortwave radiation (watts/meters-squared), and longwave radiation (watts/meters-squared. We'll have access to earth surface data, but the full model included layers heading up into the atmosphere.

Ocean Circulation (Hourly) - Ocean circulation data is forecast on the UW campus using a popular simulation model called the Princeton Ocean Model (POM). POM provides ocean temperature (degrees Celcius), salinity (parts per thousand), current direction and intensity (vector meters/second), and vertical and horizontal viscosity for thirteen ocean layers at depth.

Soil State (Hourly) - Soil state data is forecast on the UW campus using a popular model called the Distributed Hydrology Soil Vegetation Model (DHSVM). DHSVM soil provides soil temperature (degrees Celsius), soil moisture (relative %) at three levels (surface, roots, deep), snow water equivalent (meters-cubed), water table depth (meters from bottom), and various long-term soil properties like porosity (relative percentage) or grain size (millimeters).

River Hydrology (Hourly) - River state data is forecast on the UW campus using a popular model called the Distributed Hydrology Soil Vegetation Model (DHSVM). DHSVM provides river segment flow (cubic feet/second) and temperature (degrees Celsius) for thousands of locations on a stream network as well as segment volume (meters-cubed).

Marine Biology and Productivity (Hourly) - Marine biology and productivity data is forecast on the UW campus using an extension of the POM model called ABCPOM. ABCPOM provides phytoplankton (mmo), zooplankton (mmo), phosphate (mmo), ammonium (mmo), oxygen (mmo), nitrate (mmo), and light densities (photons/second*meters-cubed) for twenty-nine layers at depth.

For project 1, you should add additional data you would want your organization to manage and report to make your organization seem more useful and complete. You will be able to make up data for those data items when the PRISM models do not provide it for you.

Each student in class will create their own Environmental Data Investigation System for the Web. I expect six Web pages from you to successfully complete project 1:

  1. An Organizational Home Page for your hypothetical organization with an attractive presentation that includes hyperlinks to a form for entering actual data for an hourly timestep, a report that reviews the latest forecast run results, a report that shows activity for the last 24 timesteps (hours), a report that identifies the low, high, and average value for each variable your organization tracks, and a graphical visualizations page.
  2. An Organizational Details page that clearly explains what your organization does to the general public. You can call this page About Us if you prefer that popular title.
  3. A Latest Forecast Page for your organization (with links to other pages you think the organization would want to access from there)
  4. A Latest Observed Form which a scientist would use to update your organizational database.
  5. A Statistics Page which presents at least the low, high, and average values for each variable over the last 24 hours.
  6. A Graphical Visualizations page which will show your organization's data graphically (you can create images for the content for now or download relevant looking examples from the Web).


The Organization Home Page page should look attractive, be easy to understand for all audience members, and have an appropriate flow to it.

Here are some examples from real Environmental Data home pages:

  • For an extensive portal approach, look at this GEO Data Portal.
  • For a graphical home page with links, look at Lower Colorado River Authority
  • For a more text-based home page, look at OCCAM Home Page

    Please send me your favorite examples from surfing the Web so I can share them in class.

  • Screenshot Examples of Deliverables

    (examples represent the minimum requirements only)